Message Number: FHL10403 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2009-12-02 01:05:55 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Ivermectin and testing Re: Heartworms?

Beware of overgeneralizing. Ivermectin can and has been used successfully
in many, many ferrets, with only a few cases of reactions. I use
ivermectin regularly as a heartworm preventive in ferrets and have never had a
problem with it. Now I do use it orally, not as an injection, for that
purpose. I also use it topically for ear mites, not as an injection for that
purpose, and have also never had a problem with it when used in that manner.

As far as testing for heartworms, the SNAP test by IDEXX is said to be
fairly accurate - IF the worm(s) in the ferret are adult females. Otherwise,
not so much. The most accurate test for heartworms in ferrets, as far as I
know, is still ultrasound (any of my colleagues, please correct me if I am
wrong on this and something new has come out that I haven't heard of yet).

Dr. Ruth
Save lives - spay or neuter your pet.

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